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31 Days of Halloween – Day 29

Day 29 – Some schools are banning Halloween celebrations because of the religious roots of the holiday. Do you agree or disagree with such a ban?

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0162fbe0e63d970d-600wi
Copyright remains that of the original owner.

I’m of two minds on this one.  On one hand I believe that there is a separation of church and state, therefore public schools should not recognize any religious holiday (including Christmas).  I know, I know.  Technically it’s not a “Christmas Break” it’s a “Winter Break” and technically it’s not a “Christmas Party” it’s a “Holiday Party”.  But a rose by any other name is still a rose.

Therefore, unless you are willing to ban these other celebrations, then Halloween should stand.  There are my two minds.  I believe that if you are going to have one, then you should allow them all, but I’m alright with the banning of them all in public schools.

But, let’s face it, we have become so “politically correct” in modern times that we are taking the fun out of the lives of children.  Personally, I say live and let live.  Let the children celebrate what they want.  They don’t care if Tommy is Muslim.  They would give him a present anyway.  It’s the adults that ruin it.  It’s the adults that say “But Tommy is Muslim, therefore it is unfair of us to celebrate Christmas.”  And we teach our children that.

Ever notice that?  When I was younger, I grew up in a very small town and had never seen a person with different colored skin than myself.  I had never seen a person with slanted eyes.  I had never met a person with a strange accent.  I was isolated from the rest of the world.  Our television shows didn’t even reflect many differences.  Of course, we only picked up one station and I was too busy playing outside to care what was on television.

We moved to Chicago when I was about to start third grade.  My mother was concerned about how I would react to the different type of people I would meet.  She held her breath when she realized that my very first teacher was a very large African American woman.  But I didn’t even ask why she had different colored skin than me.  It never occurred to me that it even mattered.

You see, my parents didn’t raise me to believe that such things mattered.  They didn’t teach me that our religion was better than anyone else’s.  They didn’t program me to believe that the color of my skin made me better than someone else.  They didn’t teach me any of these things.  So, as a child, I didn’t believe that these things mattered.  I still don’t.

So why should it matter if we celebrate Halloween or Christmas or Hanukkah or any other holiday in our schools, so long as it is all-inclusive?  Why should we teach children that it matters?

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